News Briefs: Fox Is Canceling Its Saturday-night ADHD Programming Block


HAPPY ALMOST 4/20, GET OUTTA HERE!

... Aww bro totally harsh bummer buzzkill, man. Fox is canceling its ADHD (Animation Domination High Definition) Saturday-night animation block due to low ratings. The Adult Swim-esque, stoner-friendly lineup featured several different 15-minute animated series, including Axe Cop and High School USA, that totally blew people's minds. Its last night on Fox will be June 28, but the ADHD "brand" will continue to live on online. [Broadcasting & Cable]



AW JEEZ, WHAT'S THAT RATIN' MEAN?

... The numbers are in for Tuesday's series premiere of Fargo, and depending on which news outlet interpreted FX's press release, the show either did really well, kind of well, or not so well. Here at the ever-prestigious TV.com, we're going to say it depends on how you look at it! The premiere's first airing drew a total of 2.65 million viewers, which is lower than what the premieres of both The Bridge (3 million viewers in July 2013) and The Americans (3.2 million viewers in January 2013) brought in. But when you add in Fargo's two repeat airings from Tuesday night, the total viewership for the first episode jumps from 2.65 million to 4.1 million, which is pretty damn great. No matter how you look at it, the show is excellent and you should read Tim's review! [FX via press release]


THIS IS GROSS BUT YOU SHOULD WATCH IT ANYWAY

... The Strain won't premiere until this summer on FX, but you can watch the super disgusting and weird pupil-related teaser for the new vampire drama from Guillermo Del Toro right now!



BUSINESS TIME

... Just like Highlander, there can be only one variety sketch show on NBC in addition to Saturday Night Live! The network has passed on a sketch-y project from David Koechner (AnchormanThe Office), now that it's opted to take Maya Rudolph's The Maya Rudolph Show for a test drive on May 19. It's cool, Koechner, maybe you can parlay that awesome guest-starring role on Justified into something else of equal or greater value. [THR]

... A&E has given the greenlight to D.O.A., a reality show from Dick Wolf. The detective-y docudrama will feature real dicks reexamining controversial murder cases to determine whether the verdict was the right call... and of course to entertain you. The network has ordered eight hour-long episodes. [A&E via press release]

... TLC has ordered a show called OMG EMT! and OMG it is so TLC. The reality series will "feature some of the most unusual and memorable emergency calls." It will launch as a four-episode trial on May 3, so start thinking up some good 911 calls now. What's next, The Most Outrageous Cries For Help? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Let's all congratulate Kobe Bryant, because the NBA star has apparently found his muse, and it will be featured in a brand-new Showtime documentary! The film—which is called Kobe Bryant's Muse because every creative employee at the network must've called in sick the day they had to finalize the title—will provide an in-depth look at Kobe's life, his inspirations, and the challenges he faces because he's just so damn successful. (I hope they focus on that last part a lot.) Keep an eye out for it this fall. [Showtime via press release]


CASTING NEWS


... Banshee has upped Geno Segers and Afton Williamson, who play gang leader Chayton Littlestone and ADA Alison Medding, respectively, to series regular status for Season 3, which is currently in production and set to premiere in early 2015. [TV Line]

... Terra Nova's Stephen Lang and his ripped bod are joining WGN America's about-to-premiere witch drama Salem. The actor will play a powerful Puritan in the supernatural period piece about the infamous witch trials held in Salem, Massachusetts in the 17th century. [Deadline

... Breaking In and Reaper's Bret Harrison is returning to television! But it will be on ABC's Astronaut Wives Club, which I just can't take seriously because of its name. I mean, if you want to join the club, you have to marry an astronaut. That doesn't seem fair to anyone. The show is based on the book by Lily Koppel and follows the (you guessed it) the spouses of the superstar astronauts of the 1960s. Harrison will play one of the astronauts, a space jockey who is married to Odette Annable's character. That's a Breaking In reunion, people! Astronaut Wives Club was initially ordered straight to series so that it could premiere this fall, but the show is now scheduled for midseason 2015. [THR]

... B.D. Wong is returning to Law & Order: SVU after leaving the show in Season 12. He will reprise his role as Dr. George Huang in the season's penultimate episode, which is set to air May 14. [TV Guide]

... Coby Ryan McLaughlin (The Secret Life of the American TeenagerThe Glades) will recur on the second season of USA's Graceland. He'll play Archie, a loyal member of the LAPD's Gang Task Force who the Graceland tenants hope will be an ally in their mission to take down the cartel. [USA Network via press release]

... Kunal Nayyar, Ken Jeong, and Billy Gardell have all been blackmailed into returning to Sullivan & Son as guest stars. Nayyar will repeat as Neal, a big ladies' man who's a far cry from Nayyar's character on The Big Bang TheoryJeong will be back as Jason, Steve's workaholic brother-in-law who's a far cry from Jeong's character on Community. And Gardell will reprise his role of comic-cook collector Lyle Winkler, who's at least a moderate cry from Gardell's character on Mike & Molly. [TBS via press release]


Comments (66)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
Yay, Banshee season 3!
1
Reply
Flag
I hope Axe Cop isn't cancelled. ADHD's lineup hasn't been great, but that one is a stand out of weird and awesome and should stick around in some form.
Reply
Flag
What the hell has Bret Harrison done to deserve to be paired with Odette Annable again? Seriously, has he sold his soul or something? It's like he's won the TV Wife Lottery, lucky b*stard!
Reply
Flag
yeah adhd had some odd but intersting stuff but no ads for it and it was on awful day
Reply
Flag
What was the point of ADHD then? What a waste of time and effort, and it's not like it's going to be replaced with anything good, it's Fox.

David Koechner is polarizing - he can be very talented, but he can also be very grating, I wouldn't want to watch him helm a variety show.

Yay BD Wong returning to SVU! He was something unique about the series, his absence has been felt.
Reply
Flag
The ADHD cancellation notice isn't really a surprise. The only surprise to me is that it lasted as long as it did. When you run decidedly middling fare and give it virtually no promotion at all, what do you expect ratings-wise?

I watch a number of shows on Fox and don't remember *any* mention of ADHD for at least six months, not even during the Sunday night AD block where it would have made a lot of sense to push ADHD.

The idea wasn't bad -- [as] has nothing but anime on Saturday nights -- but the execution was poor across the board.

Reply
Flag
OMG EMT! sounds like a ripoff of Shatner's old 80's series...
Reply
Flag
Aww, the mention of Terra Nova... I miss it, RIP. :(

Fargo was pretty good, but weird.

I am very tired of vampires, but The Strain looks promising + pretty much anything Guillermo Del Toro does is good. :)
Reply
Flag
Quiet enjoyed the pilot to Fargo, I wasn't blown away though. It's a shame it didn't hit 3 million...
Reply
Flag
I had no idea ADHD was still on, I had my DVR set to record it, but haven't seen an episode since the first few episodes
Reply
Flag
Same here, it's because they stopped airing the shows as individual titles and switched to block programming, so the change in the way they scheduled it killed DVR series recordings. Smooth move, Fox.
Reply
Flag
Can I borrow the rose colored glasses used to view Fargo as excellent? I enjoyed it but excellent would indicate exceptional, which it was not. Of course you people give rave reviews to all sorts of mediocrity so I can't be too surprised. Fargo was enjoyable even if a let-down reminiscent to that of The Bridge but like The Bridge still watchable. Pretty much all of Fargo's promise appeared to be reserved for the final act which doesn't make for compelling viewing. And I love Bilbo, mostly from Hitchiker's Guide and other British fare, but his Quentin Lance-esque American accent was a bit tough to trudge through for a good while.
4
Reply
Flag
"Astronaut Wives Club, which I just can't take seriously because of its name. I mean, if you want to join the club, you have to marry an astronaut."

No, you could also qualify for membership by being A) female, B) and astronaut yourself, and C) married. Admittedly, tough to do before the 1980's, but them's the breaks.
1
Reply
Flag
This is the first clip from the strain making a reference to the book - apart from the eclipse of course - where you get to see the vampire virus vectors, the worms
Reply
Flag
I didn't like ADHD.
2
Reply
Flag
Except for Axe Cop it never really felt like they were trying, and it wasn't something I would seek out very often. Trying to replicate Adult Swim with the AD brand doesn't work -- I'm used to AD putting out more expensive-looking productions than AS. It felt like a downgrade.
Reply
Flag
Check out TripTank on Comedy Central, that is a show that does the classic Adult Swim thing of just random crazy animated creations well, it has a Spike & Mike's feel to it. That's what Fox should have done, and not try so hard to create more series - just let it go and see what comes up a la MTV's Liquid Television.
Reply
Flag
Saw two or three episodes of Axe Cop and meant to continue and try the others, but never seemed to get around to it. Guess it just wasn't that interesting.

Isn't the first airing of a show considered the official viewer rating? How many repeat viewers were there? Why not just take an average. Ratings can be confused enough with networks playing games. Pick a standard already and stick with it.


Reply
Flag
I watched an episode of Axe Cop and was pretty disappointed, it even managed to miscast Nick Offerman.
1
Reply
Flag
And that was arguably the best component of ADHD.
Reply
Flag
High School USA would be my vote there, and that show was only smirk-worthy.
Reply
Flag
Speaking as a stoner, the Jack & the Box late night drive thru commercials were far funnier than anything FOX tried on Saturdays
2
Reply
Flag
I could see this being the case. At 30 years old I refuse to add new animated shows to my viewing habits they all look stupid anymore. And as a lifelong pot smoker I feel shows and movies rarely get stoner humor right.
Reply
Flag
I hope you gave (or at least will give) Rick and Morty a chance over on [as]. It's the best new thing they've added in quite a while.

1
Reply
Flag
Seconded on Rick & Morty, and I'd also recommend TripTank on Comedy Central.
Reply
Flag
Is B. D. Wong's return to SVU temporary or permanent?

1
Reply
Flag
Why am I not surprised by this news? You don't air new shows on Saturdays and expect people to watch. And if you do want to air something, then it should be something good.
1
Reply
Flag

Can't believe ADHD is gone! This is wrong! There's gotta be some way to salvage these on another network. I think my favorite was probably High School USA! The one show I did not get: Golan the Insatiable. Even the commercial break bumpers/etc. were amazing.


ADHD is better than Adult Swim.
1
Reply
Flag
David Koechner's always trying to get a tv show going. Why? He's pretty much a movie star already. He should just sit back and enjoy some of Champ Kind's delicious chicken of the cave! (No one calls them that!).

Reply
Flag

"Kunal Nayyar, Ken Jeong, and Billy Gardell have all been blackmailed into returning to Sullivan & Son as guest stars"

Very good.
Reply
Flag
I watched Fargo and LOVED IT! If it's not doing well in the ratings then FX better be patient.
Reply
Flag
You do know you can put all these posts into one, right? There is no character limit or anything.
4
Reply
Flag
That's what happens when you get addicted to twitter.
3
Reply
Flag
There's no problem doing it this way either...
1
Reply
Flag
Muderboy
Reply
Flag
is
Reply
Flag
right. Separation of topic is quite acceptable, even if it is a little messier.
Reply
Flag
Heh heh, "fixed".
Flag
This comment has been removed.
Reply
Flag
This comment has been removed.
Reply
Flag
Oh man, I sure did, sorry about that, it's purely typing muscle reflex memory, Muderboy.
Flag
You've misspelled my name, JT, how could you? Actually I misspelled it years ago, and just went with it because I thought it kinda cute.
Flag
No, but I thought it amusing that he does it like a stream, of consciousness think (was supposed to write "thing", but realized "think" can work here) or something.


Reply
Flag
"stream of consciousness"

Exactly.




Flag
Once again, for all the non US users

Non Region Blocked Strain Teaser =

And an earlier, longer teaser =


And the original teaser =


11
Reply
Flag
You've changed your avatar! That confused me! Whenever there is a video on a TV.com post I always scroll down the comments looking for your avatar.
Anyway, as always, thanks for these.
1
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook